Linda Lom Client Guide - Tips on Moving Pets
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Tips on Moving Pets
Before moving your pets, be sure they are in good health. Schedule a physical exam with your veterinarian to determine if anything is needed before you begin your trip.
If you are traveling by auto, it may be wise to use a pet carrier. Make sure to exercise your pets at rest stops, always placing a leash on them before you let them out of the car. If you must leave your pets in the car, avoid parking in the hot sun and be absolutely sure to leave the windows open a few inches.
If you are planning to stay in motels or hotels along the way, find out in advance which will or will not allow your pets to stay with you. Know that your pets are as welcome as you are. If you cannot take your pets with you, there are pet transportation companies. No matter what method is chosen, special requirements must be considered. Vaccinations, interstate health certificates, and entry permits may be required.
Your pets can be transported by air or rail; but again, certain requirements must be met. Reservations should be made early. A pet carrier is advisable. Attach any instructions for feeding, emergencies, or protection if your pets are going to be out of your care and dependent on others. Make certain that owner name and address tags cannot tear off or be lost.
A lightly fed pet travels better, so you may wish to regulate food and water before traveling.
If traveling with a cat, you should have the nails cut. A nervous cat may not only inflict damage on strangers, but also may tear out a nail.
No matter what method of transportation is used, sedation may be required. Many veterinarians will prescribe the use of a mild tranquilizer for the trip. Be sure to follow recommendations and dosage requirements exactly. Upon arrival, be as reassuring as possible and offer plenty of understanding and affection.
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